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Dickinson State puts up rally against Viterbo

LA CROSSE, WIS. -- Down by nine points with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in a contest against Viterbo (Wis.), the Dickinson State men's basketball staged a comeback, scoring 21 of the game's last 30 points en route to a 75-72 victory o...

LA CROSSE, WIS. - Down by nine points with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in a contest against Viterbo (Wis.), the Dickinson State men’s basketball staged a comeback, scoring 21 of the game’s last 30 points en route to a 75-72 victory on Friday, Feb. 1, from the R.W. Beggs Sr. Gymnasium.

After the teams went scoreless for nearly two minutes during the late stages, Blue Hawks junior guard Donte Walker broke a 70-70 tie by nailing a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the game, giving the road team its first lead since the 13:04 mark in the second half.

Fouled immediately after pulling a defensive rebound on the ensuing V-Hawks possession, senior forward Melvin Collins extended the Blue Hawks advantage to 75-70 with a pair of free throws.

Viterbo responded with a basket by senior forward Jason Tichy, cutting the home team’s deficit back to three, 75-72, with 1:08 remaining. Blue Hawks junior guard Kenny Jackson was off the mark on a 3-pointer the next time down the floor, but the road team collected the offensive rebound, and while junior guard Michael Vandall turned the ball over, Dickinson State burned 25 seconds off the clock, leaving the V-Hawks one chance to force overtime.

Junior guard Tyree Young fired from long distance with two seconds left, but his potential game-tying 3-pointer did not go down.

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Although Jackson’s was off-target on his last attempt from deep, it was his outside shooting that got the Blue Hawks back in it. With the visitors staring down the biggest deficit that either team face during the contest at 63-54, the 6-foot-3 guard knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers that shifted the momentum.

Jackson finished with 17 points while Walker and Vandall and 14 and 13 points, respectively. Tichy paced all players with 23 points.

Dickinson State 75, Viterbo (Wis.) 72DSU (9-12, 5-5 NSAA): Kenny Jackson 17, Donte Walker 14, Michael Vandall 13, Melvin Collins 9, Austin Payne 6, Shawn Stoltz 6, Malcohm Hill 6, Travon Hamilton 3, Ethan Caton 1.V (11-13, 4-6 NSAA): Jason Tichy 23, Cody Hoeth 13, Tyree Young 11.Halftime: V 35, DSU 33. Total fouls: DSU 17, V 23. 3-point goals: DSU 11-30 (Jackson 3-8, Vandall 3-3), V 4-19 (Tichy 2-6). Rebounds: DSU 38 (Vandall 7), V 40 (Hoeth 10). Assists: DSU 12 (Walker 2), V 13 (Noah Fredrickson 5). Steals: DSU 11 (Walker 3), V 11 (Tichy 2, Brady Polk 2, Hoeth 2, Fredrickson 2). Blocks: DSU 5 (Payne 2), V 5 (Young, Cade Anderson, Robert Cunitz, Jake Schroeckenthaler, Jezzriah Burton). Turnovers: DSU 16, V 17.

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